Paolo Besser


22 games reviewed
75.3 average score
78 median score
40.9% of games recommended
Scores 24.3 higher than average

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Paolo Besser
8.2 / 10.0 - Blazing Chrome
Jul 13, 2019

Blazing Chrome is the coin op you didn't play in the arcade, the cartridge that never came out for Neo Geo, the game you didn't know you missed so much. A game with spasmodic, sadistic and punitive action, just as we liked in the 90s.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Tales of the Neon Sea
Jun 7, 2019

Tales of the Neon Sea makes the cyberpunk arguments of Blade Runner its own, embedding them in a valuable work in pixel art, and managing to give us back some of that sound old 1980s science fiction that, for one reason or another, continues to fascinate us. The gameplay, however, is plagued by repetitive mechanics and some puzzles suffer from a bad translation from Chinese into English.

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6.4 / 10.0 - Conan Unconquered
Jun 6, 2019

To appreciate Conan Unconquered it is necessary to close both eyes on its limits and bear the bizarre design choices, but if it is true that perseverance pays, it is also true that one can get tired much earlier.

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7.6 / 10.0 - Pathologic 2
May 30, 2019

The gameplay of Pathologic 2 is very barebones in favor of a story pretty difficult to understand. It's a very complex game, barely passable on the technical front, but with a great atmosphere.

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6.4 / 10.0 - Fight of Gods
Apr 22, 2019

A cheap fighting game, a little rough on the edges, but quite varied, challenging and fun, good to have a few laughs at fair price.

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7 / 10.0 - Bannermen
Apr 20, 2019

Bannermen is the ideal choice for those in search for a pretty straightforward RTS, even if the game might seem a bit vintage in its gameplay and technical aspects.

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6.8 / 10.0 - Nippon Marathon
Apr 1, 2019

Nippon Marathon is a positively wacky, completely deranged party game, but it's also very repetitive.

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8.6 / 10.0 - Warparty
Mar 28, 2019

Warparty offers the right compromise between the immediacy of the first RTS games and the depth of the last representatives of the genre, putting every element in the right place and carrying out its task in an excellent way.

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8.1 / 10.0 - The Ballad Singer
Mar 25, 2019

The Ballad Singer is an interactive book made video game. The game developed by Curtel Games is not for everyone, but it sure is incredibly rich and deep.

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7.4 / 10.0 - Scintillatron 4096
Mar 1, 2019

Scintillatron 4096 seems to have come straight out of an elucubration by Jeff Minter, and this is perhaps the best compliment that I can make. Frantic and fun, at times frustrating, but also endowed with an unexpected strategic depth, this game seems to have come here directly from an arcade of the 80s.

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8.4 / 10.0 - Degrees of Separation
Feb 22, 2019

Degrees of Separation is a little gem in a panorama that is becoming more crowded and full of expectations.

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8 / 10.0 - Yakuza Kiwami
Feb 19, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami on PC follows the original version for PlayStation 4 so faithfully that while playing we'll often doubt which platform we're playing on.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Helheim
Feb 1, 2019

Helheim is a simple yet engaging video game, and it's pretty hard too.

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8.1 / 10.0 - Project Warlock
Dec 19, 2018

Project Warlock is a fast-paced, fun and challenging old-school FPS, with a hint of RPG mechanics.

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5.8 / 10.0 - KURSK
Nov 14, 2018

Kursk isn't a bad video game, but its many flaws keep us from recommending it.

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6 / 10.0 - Castle of Venia
Sep 8, 2018

Castle of Venia smells of good old games of the past, but too many technical limitations and the lack of content irremediably limit all the good things it can give.

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8.7 / 10.0 - Another Sight
Sep 3, 2018

Another Sight deals with a difficult subject such as blindness through a skilful realization, various mechanics, beautiful graphics and an evocative soundtrack. Highly recommended.

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8.1 / 10.0 - Tempest 4000
Jul 25, 2018

Jeff Minter has been able to renew the classic Tempest formula, which becomes an excellent game even after 38 years. Unfortunately, the PC version has some small but annoying technical problems.

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8.2 / 10.0 - Golem
Jun 25, 2018

Golem is a very interesting indie game, with its original mix of adventure, puzzle and platform elements. Controls can still be improved, but it's fun and well done even in its current state.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Odium to the Core
Jun 14, 2018

Odium is a small but well crafted game, full of pressing music and high difficulty. The very hard challenge and the heavy rhythm of techno music could be frustrating for some players.

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